Paul Anka
Iconic Songwriter, Singer, and Actor

Paul Anka is an award-winning singer, songwriter and actor whose career spans over 50 years. Paul had his own vocal group by the age of thirteen and released his first single at sixteen. A teen idol of the 1950s who virtually invented the singer/songwriter/heartthrob combination that still tops pop music today, Paul Anka rocketed to fame with a slew of hits—from “Diana” to “Put Your Head on my Shoulder”—that earned him a place touring with the major stars of his era, including Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly. He wrote Buddy Holly’s last hit, and just missed joining the rocker on his final, fatal plane flight. Anka also stepped in front of the camera in the teen beach-party movie era, scoring the movies and romancing their starlets, including Annette Funicello.


He was born in Ottawa, Canada, and currently lives in Southern California.

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A rapier-canny businessman and image-builder who took his career into his own hands-just as he had from the very beginning, swiping his mother's car at fourteen to drive himself, underage, to his first gigs in Quebec-Anka toured the world until he could return home in triumph. A charter member of the Rat Pack, he wrote the theme music for The Tonight Show as well as his friend Frank Sinatra's anthem "My Way". By the 1970s, a multi-decade string of pop chart-toppers, including "Puppy Love" and "(You're) Having My Baby", cemented his status as an icon. My Way is bursting with rich, rollicking stories of the business and the people in Anka's life.

My Way - An Evening with Paul Anka Paul Anka shares some of his most personal accounts from his memoir My Way, fascinating audiences with tales of the evolution of the music industry and some of Anka's more interesting celebrity run-ins.

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